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I joined The Space Cookies, FRC Team 1868 in my freshman year of high school. Before being elected as Programming Captain in 12th grade, I was the Superstructure Director (Programming lead) of the Space Cookies for two years (10th/11th grade). This year is my fourth year as a programmer on the team (we code using C++, making C++ my main language).
The Space Cookies Team 1868 is an all-girls FIRST Robotics Competition team that currently consists of 52 girls from 22 different high schools throughout the Bay Area. Founded jointly by NASA and the Girl Scouts of America, The Space Cookies call NASA Ames Research Center their home and is also a Girl Scout troop. Through outreach and Girl Scout events, we strive to inspire young girls about STEM and robotics.
In 2022, I was nominated by my robotics team as a FIRST Dean’s List Semi-finalist for my leadership, efforts in embodying and spreading FIRST's mission and values, and achievements in personal technical expertise.
I was inspired to write a little bit about my experience on a robotics team! Visit my (incomplete) blog that I created in the summer before Sophomore year: https://spaceroboticsblog.wordpress.com/
A Wood Robot: FRC and Coronavirus
Chocolate-Chip and Space Cookies
Below is a video of our 2022 robot, Mae, in action. The first half of the video depicts our robot in action during a practice session. The second half showcases the 22-second traversal climb (highest climb possible) at the 2022 FIRST Robotics Championships.
FIRST Dean's List Finalist:
FIRST Dean's List Semi-finalist:
Engineering Inspiration Award:
As Superstructure Programming Director, I was in charge of designing, planning, and implementing all controls. This includes automating structures/mechanisms and processes, such as the climb sequence that was completely automatic and could achieve the highest climb possible in under 22 seconds. The PDF below documents the initial design stages for the automated climb, and the original logic's evolution as the physical climber mechanism was changed.
create and test new auto sequences
In all, I optimized almost all systems of the robot, making it competitive for Chezy champs (which is known for being incredibly competitive with many of the top 25-100 teams in the world attending. Chezy was considered to be the championship of the 2020 season since the 2020 championship was canceled due to Covid)
The first part of the video below shows the first time the entire 5-ball indexing and 5-ball shooting worked! After more tweaking of flywheel velocity and the PID controller that controls how the flywheel gets to the desired calculated velocity, I was able to get 3 out of 5 power cells (the yellow balls) into the inner goal (which is worth more points than shooting balls into the outer goal due to higher accuracy). I have also included commentary from Chezy Champs about our robot's shooting capabilities and a match that exhibits this new 5-ball indexing and shooting.
The PDF below shows my redesign process of the indexing logic.
Some of my favorite pictures from Chezy Champs!
The Space Cookies 2021 Awards Overview!
Greater San Francisco Bay Regional:
Regional Chairman’s Award
Oxygen Group - Game Design Challenge:
Strontium Group - Infinite Recharge at Home Challenge:
Excellence in Engineering Award
Chlorine Group - FIRST Innovation Challenge:
CalGames Offseason Competition (First in-person competition 20 months after Utah Regional in 2020):
Winner (Alliance 1)
Chezy Champs Offseason Competition:
This award recognized a team that exhibited gracious professionalism towards other teams.
Finalist (Alliance 2)
NOTE: Within the three weeks between CalGames and Chezy Champs, I revamped our indexing logic (so our robot could consistently hold five balls instead of only three-four) and revamped our shooter to be much faster than at the Utah regional in 2020 and at CalGames.
Elected as Superstructure Director (Programming lead)
Created and ran workshops (3 hours long, 10 workshops in total) to teach rookies (girls new to the team) how to program with C++. Most have no prior experience with programming. The workshops prepare them for competition season and for coding the robot.
Leader of code cleanup project over the summer (review/fix/organize competition code from 2020 season, find memory leaks, complete our team’s code documentation).
Knowledgeable about the entire code framework.
Due to COVID, there were no in-person competitions for the 2020 offseason and the 2021 competition season. Instead, there were three challenges: Infinite Recharge @ Home, the Game Design Challenge, and the Innovation Challenge. There was also Chairman's Award. We won awards in all four of these award categories.
Led the Game Design Challenge project (A new FRC competition that was introduced due to the pandemic)
In charge of documentation; organizing the meeting times, brainstorming process, and iteration process; and writing the submission materials (including four essays and a game manual).
Award: Designer’s Award, San Francisco Bay Regional
The Designer’s Award celebrates a team's outstanding success with the Game Design Challenge.
“This team designed a detailed and well-balanced game focused not only on the outer but on the inner. With a whole universe of possibilities available to them, this team really made the connections that matter. They even found space in their game to throw in a few crumbs from games past. Congratulations Team 1868 The Space Cookies from Mountain View California and their game Bio Breakthrough!”
Chosen by the team to present our robot, our design process, and the programming behind our robot in front of a judging panel for the Infinite Recharge @ Home challenge.
Represented my team by presenting our 2019-2020 season robot to First Robotics judges. Created a superstructure animation. Presented on the programming and capabilities of our robot (with emphasis on its modularity) and our team’s engineering process.
Also created an auto sequence demonstration video (from 2019-2020 match footage) and filmed autonomous sequence skills challenge videos in person (participated in writing/editing/testing these sequences too at our improvised field, a basketball court outside of Google).
Award: Excellence in Engineering Award, San Francisco Bay Regional
The Excellence in Engineering Award celebrates the team that demonstrates a professional approach to the design process.
“Here is what the judges had to say about our winning team. This team’s engineering skills are out of this world. They stuck to their design process like a recipe. Under the pressure, their excellence did not crumble. Congratulations Team 1868 The Space Cookies from Mountain View California and their game Bio Breakthrough!”
Participated in the Innovation challenge project
Our innovation was Don’t Stop Me Now, an initiative aimed at menstrual equity—affordable, accessible, and safe menstrual products available to all who need them. Our idea was sparked by our members’ experiences at sporting events, but our research showed clearly that this is a much larger issue. More than 80% of US students have either missed class or know someone who has because they lacked access to period products. Even missing just a few days of school can lead to significant performance gaps that are exacerbated by poverty and racism. We developed a crowdsourced mobile app, to be integrated with Google maps, that provides real-time visibility of restrooms stocked with free menstrual products. In parallel, we have launched a campaign through which we are advocating for free menstrual products in schools, offices, FIRST competitions, and other locations and are partnering with Aunt Flow, an organization committed to universal access to menstrual products.
Award: FIRST Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalist Award, San Francisco Bay Regional
Semi-Finalists are teams that achieve excellence across all criteria: problem or opportunity, business model, innovation impact, design, business pitch, and FIRST Innovation Challenge emphasis.
Award: Chairman’s Award, San Francisco Bay Regional
“This team made the transition from in-person to virtual with ease. Assembling PPE and hosting online events, their reach is global, having established FIRST teams internationally and created a curriculum for girls nationwide to try STEM at scale. In addition to the 700 kids served through their workshops, these smart cookies have started FIRST pathways to inspire the students most in need in their city. The Chairman’s Award goes to team 1868 Space Cookies, a Girl Scout Troop from Mountain View!”
2020-2021 Space Cookies Outreach Efforts:
As a Girl Scout myself since 1st grade, I worked on a lot of outreach events with Girl Scouts as young as 5 years old.
Award: Designer’s Award, San Francisco Bay Regional. The Designer’s Award celebrates a team's outstanding success with the Game Design Challenge.
Award: Excellence in Engineering Award, San Francisco Bay Regional. The Excellence in Engineering Award celebrates the team that demonstrates a professional approach to the design process.
Award: FIRST Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalist Award, San Francisco Bay Regional. Semi-Finalists are teams that achieve excellence across all criteria: problem or opportunity, business model, innovation impact, design, business pitch, and FIRST Innovation Challenge emphasis.
Award: Chairman’s Award, San Francisco Bay Regional
Shoutout by the CEO of Girl Scouts:
Joined Space Cookies in August of 2019, becoming a rookie
Attended veteran-led workshops every weekend about programming, mechanical engineering, CAD, electrical engineering, and business operations for an FRC team
Joined the programming sub-team
Worked on the robot code during build season (January-March)
I programmed (using C++) the first state machine for the robot. The state machine automates the superstructure, or everything above the drive train (the main wheels that make the robot move). The state machine streamlines the intaking, indexing, and shooting process.
I also worked on the autonomous commands used during the autonomous period of games. Here is an auto sequence video that I created for the 2021 IR@H challenges. This video shows our robot's performance during competition season at the FRC Utah Regional (2020)
Attended the Utah FRC Regional on Space Cookies' travel team
Being on the travel team means satisfying lab and outreach hour requirements
We performed outstandingly at the Utah Regional! We placed second overall in rankings after qualification matches, becoming 2nd alliance captains. We were unfortunately eliminated during the playoffs.
We won the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors at the FRC Utah Regional in (very early, only a week before shutdowns) March 2020.
The Industrial Design Award, sponsored by General Motors, celebrates the team that demonstrates industrial design principles, striking a balance between form, function, and aesthetics.
Although I was only a “rookie,” I was asked to be a part of a skeleton crew to compete at another FRC regional competition in March 2020. The programming captain and I were the only programmers asked to attend, due to the short notice. However, this additional regional was canceled only a day before it occurred due to the Covid (but I feel extremely honored that I was picked to be one of the few girls to represent our team!)
We love doing outreach! We maintain and upgrade our outreach bot (named Nova!), which can softly throw dodgeballs at an audience.
In 2019-2020, I helped run:
a Bay Area Science Festival robotics booth to inspire young kids about robotics and STEM!
a robotics booth at the yearly Girl Scouts Craftapalooza event to promote robotics and STEM to young Girl Scouts
an FLL (First Lego League) tournament at NASA Ames Research Center (where our robotics lab is located)